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German Language Classes for Children and Teens

The German Institute for the Southwest is offering classes for children and teens, either in-person classes or online. We write to the students and parents fairly regularly, and some of the mail does not arrive.  Please mark angelika@germansouthwest.org  as an accepted and acceptable mail sender address in your email program.

Our Winter Term starts on January 8, 2022, for Saturday In-Person Classes in The Woodlands. Special projects will continue online and classes for students unable to come to an in-person class.  We also have an ONLINE OPTION on Mondays and Wednesdays for those students who cannot make it to class. It is the same registration as in-person classes; you just need to indicate that you wish to participate in online classes.

Location. Our in-person classes will take place at Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church, 7550 Crownridge Drive, The Woodlands, TX  77382.

Online ClassesAll online classes are held via Zoom.  You will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet, or phone connected to the internet.  If you have not downloaded Zoom, you can do so at zoom.us, or if you are outside the U.S., at the Zoom website for your country.

We reserve the right to cancel classes with enrollment of fewer than 5 students.

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General Information about Our Youth Courses

Winter 2022 Youth Classes and Workshops

Spring 2022 Youth Classes and Workshops


General Information about Our Youth Courses

Click here to register and pay for all child/youth courses

We welcome all children and teenagers from the age of 5 to 16 years old interested in learning and exploring the language and culture of German-speaking countries. We offer classes for students with little or no previous knowledge in German, and advanced courses for students able to cope in a German-speaking environment or who speak German at home.

All our teachers are native speakers or have comparable skills in German. A particular emphasis is placed on seasonal traditions and special events in German-speaking countries throughout each current school year. German Unity Day, St. Martin’s Day, St. Nikolaus Eve and Karneval are real highlights for our students.

We are affiliated with the Goethe-Institut, the official German cultural organization, and we are licensed to offer and administer the prestigious Goethe language exams, which are recognized world-wide as proof of language skills in German. For more detailed information see: https://www.goethe.de/en/spr/kup/prf/prf.html

Class Locations. Courses are available online or as in-person instruction on our campus in The Woodlands at Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church, 7550 Crownridge Drive, The Woodlands, TX  77382.  Classes in Cinco Ranch/Katy and Fort Bend County are currently postponed while we search for a suitable location for our school.  Online classes are conducted via Zoom, and you can install a basic, free version of the program at zoom.us or the one available in your country.

Course Materials.  Except as noted, there will be a material fee of $35 for each in-person course, and intermediate and upper level classes will require purchase of books.

Proficiency Levels. Our students often have different levels of experience in the German language.  In order for proper placement of each student, we determine the level of proficiency on the first day of a course, and form the classes accordingly. For a description of our various classes and levels, please check this post on our website: https://germansouthwest.org/2021/12/09/gis-german-language-classes-for-children-and-teenagers/

Age Indication for Classes. We indicate the approximate age level of the students in the class in our course descriptions. However, if your child has a birthday during the Fall through Summer Terms and no longer falls in the age group, the student will remain with the teacher with whom the classes started in the fall.

Tuition Discounts. Returning students receive a discount of ten percent for in-person classes, and there usually is an early registration discount for each session (see below).

Cancellation. We reserve the right to cancel a course that does not have the requisite number of students enrolled.

WINTER 2022 YOUTH CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

Winter 2022 Term – 12 Week Standard In-Person German Courses for Children and Teens – The Woodlands – Jan 8 – Apr 2 (Saturdays)

Classes are held at Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church, 7550 Crownridge Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77382

  • Saturday In-Person Classes 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 12 Classes – fuer Muttersprachler und nicht Deutsch sprechende Kinder – for heritage speakers and learners of German!
    • January 8 – Evaluation of New Students and First Day of Class
    • January 15 – 22 – 29
    • February 5 – 12 – 19 – 26
    • March 5
    • March 12 – no class, Spring Break
    • March 19 – 26
    • April 2 – Last Day of in-person Class for the Winter Term
  • Classes are for children 5 years and older and youths up to 18 years
  • Classes include two breaks
  • Early Registration ends on Sunday, December 12, 2021 (you get a $15 discount)
  • Regular Registration ends on Sunday, December 26, 2021
  • Late Registration begins on Monday, December 27, 2021 (you pay $20 more for the course)
  • Tuition:  $495 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE, Materials Fee $35 (no Materials Fee for online classes)
  • Registration OPEN:  Please register here.

Winter 2022 Term – 12 Week Online German Courses for Pre-Teens – Jan 3 – Mar 30 (Mon, Wed)

  • Online ClassesMondays 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • 24 Classes – fuer Muttersprachler und nicht Deutsch sprechende Kinder – for heritage speakers and learners of German!
    • January 3 – 5 – 10 – 12 – 17 – 19 – 24 – 26 – 31
    • February 2 – 7 – 9 – 14 – 16 – 21 – 23 – 28
    • March 2 – 7 – 9
    • March 14 – 16 – no class, Spring Break
    • March 21 – 23 – 28 – 30
  • Classes are for preteens 8-11
  • Classes include breaks, if necessary
  • Early Registration ends on Sunday, December 12, 2021, (you get a $15 discount)
  • Regular Registration ends on Sunday, December 26, 2021
  • Late Registration begins on Monday, December 27, 2021 (you pay $20 more for the course)
  • Tuition:  $495 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE, Materials Fee $35 (no Materials Fee for online classes)
  • Registration OPEN:  Please register here. It is the same registration as the in-person class; just indicate that you are registering for the online course.

Winter 2022 – Online German Workshops for High School Students (Level German 2 and above)

To participate in the classes, your teen will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone connected to the internet. See the course descriptions below.

  • January 2022 – Wer war Adi Dassler? German Grammar Spotlight “Past Tense” – Four Online Lessons for High School Students

  • Who was Adi Dassler? Do you know Anne Burda or Karl Benz?
  • Review and practice communication about events that happened in the past through the stories of the most successful German entrepreneurs.
  • Classes on Wednesdays – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    • January 5 – 12 – 19 – 26
  • Discount – Returning Students receive a 10% Discount
  • Tuition:  $70.00 (If you register a student for all three Winter 2022 workshops at the same time, the combined tuition is only $195.00)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE
  • Registration Open. Click here to register.

Students explore the stories of successful German entrepreneurs, whose products are known worldwide, and review and practice the past tense of very frequently used German verbs at the same time. The “Perfekt”-form is the focus in these classes. Students gain confidence when distinguishing between the two auxiliary verbs “sein” and “haben,” and in the formation of the past participle. We will also discuss and learn the more commonly used simple past tense forms of the verbs “sein,” “haben,” and of modal verbs. Course Material:  paper, pencil

  • February 2022 – Carnival hustle and bustle – Grammar Spotlight “Sentence structure” – Four Online Lessons for High School Students

  • Carnival hustle and bustle – Are all words in place? In the correct place? – An essential guide to German sentence structure.
  • Classes on Wednesdays – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    • February 2 – 9 – 16 – 23
  • Discount – Returning Students receive a 10% Discount
  • Tuition:  $70.00 (If you register a student for all three Winter 2022 workshops at the same time, the combined tuition is only $195.00)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE
  • Registration Open. Click here to register.

Thematically embedded in the lively hustle and bustle of carnival in Germany, students review and practice essential principles that apply to German sentence structures. Course Material:  paper, pencil

  • March 2022 – Was ist los?Power Up Your Vocabulary –  Frequently used verbs in German – Four Online Lessons for High School Students

  • Was ist los? – Catch up on the latest news of the week and become a pro at frequently used verbs in German
  • Classes on Wednesdays – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    • March 2 – 9
    • March 16 – Spring Break, no class
    • March 23 – 30
  • Discount – Returning Students receive a 10% Discount
  • Tuition:  $70.00 (If you register a student for all three Winter 2022 workshops at the same time, the combined tuition is only $195.00)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE
  • Registration Open. Click here to register.

Verbs are the most functional part of the sentence, whether in a sentence or on their own. They tell what´s going on! In this course, students keep up-to-date with what´s going on in the world and consolidate and expand their vocabulary of German verbs. Course Material:  paper, pencil

SPRING 2022 YOUTH CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

SPRING TERM 2022

Spring Term 2022:  April 9 – May 21, 2022
Easter Holiday: April 16, 2022 – no class
Early Registration:  February 7 – March 6, 2022
Regular Registration:  March 7 – April 3, 2022
Late Registration Begins:  April 4, 2022

SUMMER TERMS 2022

Summer Term I 2022:  TBA
Early Registration:  April 1 – May 1, 2022
Regular Registration: May 2 – May 29, 2022
Late Registration Begins:  May 30, 2022

Summer Term II 2022:  TBA
Early Registration:  TBA
Regular Registration:  TBA
Late Registration Begins:  TBA

FALL TERM 2022

Fall Term 2022: September 10 – December 3, 2022
Early Registration:  July 4, 2022 – July 31, 2022
Regular Registration:  August 1, 2022 – August 28, 2022
Late Registration Begins:  August 29, 2022

WINTER TERM 2023

Winter Term 2023:  January 3 – April 8, 2023
Spring Break 2023:  March 10 – 17, 2023
Easter Saturday 2023:  April 8, 2023
Early Registration:  October 24 – November 20, 2022
Regular Registration: November 21 – December 18, 2022
Late Registration Begins:  December 19, 2022

SPRING TERM 2023

Spring Term 2023:  April 15 – May 20, 2023
Early Registration:  February 6 – March 5, 2023
Regular Registration:  March 6 – April 2, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  April 3, 2023

SUMMER TERMS 2023

Summer Term I 2023:  TBA
Early Registration:  March 27 – April 23, 2023
Regular Registration:  April 24 – May 21, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  May 22, 2023

Summer Term II 2023:  TBA
Early Registration:  TBA
Regular Registration:  TBA
Late Registration Begins:  TBA

FALL TERM 2023

Fall Term 2023: September 9 – December 2, 2023
Early Registration:  July 3, 2023 – July 30, 2023
Regular Registration:  July 31, 2023 – August 27, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  August 28, 2023

WINTER TERM 2024

Winter Term 2024:  January 2 – April 6, 2024
Spring Break 2024:  March 14 – 21, 2024 (dep. on Conroe ISD, dates N/A on date of publication)
Easter Saturday 2024:  March 30, 2024
Early Registration:  October 23 – November 19, 2023
Regular Registration:  November 20 – December 17, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  December 18, 2023

SPRING TERM 2024

Spring Term 2024:  April 8 – May 18, 2024
Early Registration:  February 4 – March 3, 2024
Regular Registration:  March 4 – 31, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  April 1, 2024

SUMMER TERMS 2024

Summer Term I 2024:  TBA
Early Registration:  March 25 – April 21, 2024
Regular Registration:  April 22 – May 19, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  May 20, 2024

Summer Term II 2024:  TBA
Early Registration:  TBA
Regular Registration:  TBA
Late Registration Begins:  TBA

FALL TERM 2024

Fall Term 2024: September 3 – November 30, 2024
Early Registration:  June 30 – July 28, 2024
Regular Registration:  July 29, 2024 – August 25, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  August 26, 2024

WINTER TERM 2025

Winter Term 2025:  January 2 – April 5, 2025
Spring Break 2025:  March 7 – 14, 2025 (dep. on Conroe ISD, dates N/A on date of publication)
Easter Saturday 2025:  April 19, 2025
Early Registration:  October 21 – November 17, 2024
Regular Registration: November 18 – December 22, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  December 23, 2024

SPRING TERM 2025

Spring Term 2025:  April 12 – May 17, 2025
Early Registration:  February 3 – March 2, 2025
Regular Registration:  March 3 – 30, 2025
Late Registration Begins:  March 31, 2025

SUMMER TERMS 2025

Summer Term I 2025:  TBA
Early Registration:  March 24 – April 20, 2025
Regular Registration:  April 21 – May 18, 2025
Late Registration Begins:  May 19, 2025

Summer Term II 2025:  TBA
Early Registration:  TBA
Regular Registration:  TBA
Late Registration Begins:  TBA

FALL TERM 2025

Fall Term 2025: September 9 – December 6, 2025
Early Registration:  June 23 – July 20, 2025
Regular Registration:  July 21, 2025 – August 17, 2025
Late Registration Begins:  August 18, 2025

 

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